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Emergency Animal Mortality Management

Because of COVID-19 related temporary closures of livestock and poultry processing facilities, and subsequent loss of markets, livestock and poultry producers may need to depopulate production facilities on short notice. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help agricultural producers properly dispose of livestock and poultry that were depopulated because of impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.

  1. Through the Emergency Animal Mortality Management practice, NRCS helps producers plan environmentally safe mortality disposal procedures and through EQIP may cover part of the cost for disposing of livestock because of an emergency animal mortality event.

Once capacity is reached in a permanent animal mortality facility meant for normal mortality, NRCS can help producers dispose of the remaining livestock through burying, incinerating, disposal at landfill or render, and other disposal options such as composting.


Eligibility

  • To receive assistance, both an application and approved early start waiver request must be filed with the local NRCS field office prior to disposal of animal carcasses.
  • Producers must have farm records established with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and  meet all EQIP eligibility requirements.
  • Financial assistance is limited and not all applications may be funded.
  • There are payment limitations. Call the NRCS office at your local USDA Service Center. Find your local USDA Service Center at farmers.gov/service-center-locator.

Livestock and Poultry

Payment rates for livestock and poultry mortality management include:

  • Disposal at landfill or render: $0.05 per pound ($.0.06 for historically underserved producers)
  • In-house Composting1: $76.88 per animal unit ($92.25 for historically underserved producers)
  • Composting – Purchase Carbon Material & Mobilize Equipment1: $162.12 per animal unit ($277.93 for historically underserved producers)
  • Carcass Disposal – Other1: $111.53 per animal unit ($191.20 for historically underserved producers)
  • Shallow Burial Hooved Animals: $128.73 per animal unit ($154.48 for historically underserved producers)
  • Incineration: $219.88 per animal unit ($263.86 for historically underserved producers)
  • Burial: $74.28 per animal unit ($89.14 for historically underserved producers)

1 – Costs of materials, equipment and mobilization are highly variable. Actual costs may be significantly different from payment rates.

Conversion factor: 1,000 pounds = 1 animal unit

Historically underserved producers, including socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource farmers, Indian tribes, and beginning farmers/veterans, are eligible for an increased payment rate. Learn more here.

To learn more about Emergency Animal Mortality Management for livestock and poultry, download this fact sheet.
 

How to Apply

More Information

To learn more about EQIP and assistance through the Emergency Animal Mortality Management practice, call the NRCS office at your local USDA Service Center. Find your local USDA Service Center at farmers.gov/service-center-locator.
 

For more information, please contact:

EQIP Funding Options - Barry Frantz
717-237-2216

Technical Options - Peter Vanderstappen
717-237-2228